Critics Choice Nominees Announced: LINCOLN Garners Record-Breaking 13 Noms; LES MISERABLES and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Follow with 11

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The nominations for the 2012 Critics Choice Awards have been announced.  Voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the awards ceremony is set to broadcast live on the CW on January 10, 2013 at 8pm EST.  While we learned in our latest episode of The Collision that the Critics Choice Awards aren’t as influential as other critics groups, they are still part of the awards season race.  The BFCA showed a lot of love towards Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln, bestowing the film with a record-breaking 13 nominations.  Following close behind were Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook with 11 each.   I will say that I think it’s a little silly to have categories for “Best Action Movie”, “Best Comedy”, etc.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees.

104 Scores Advance in Best Original Score Oscar Race

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has narrowed down the Best Original Score race…to 104 entries.  The Academy has shortlisted over 100 scores from 2012 that are eligible to compete for the gold on Oscar night, including three from Alexandre Desplat alone (Argo, Rise of the Guardians, and Zero Dark Thirty).  Every year there are a few scores that are ruled ineligible for one reason or another, and this year those ineligible films include The Bourne Legacy, Moonrise Kingdom, and Rust and Bone.

For my money, the standouts of 2012 were Beasts of the Southern Wild, Looper, and The Dark Knight Rises.  I have a feeling Howard Shore’s work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will end up being a favorite of mine as well.  Hit the jump to check out the full list of 104 eligible scores, and leave thoughts on your personal favorites from 2012 in the comments section.  The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced on January 10th, followed by the ceremony on February 24th.

AFI Announces Top 10 in Film and TV for 2012 Including THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, DJANGO UNCHAINED, and MOONRISE KINGDOM

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The American Film Institute has announced its annual Top 10 lists.  In the film category, this awards season’s usual suspects popped up as Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Argo, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook made the cut alongside Django Unchained and Moonrise Kingdom.  AFI is notable for also including a few popular titles on their lists (last year Bridesmaids and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo landed in the Top 10), and this year is no exception as fan-favorite The Dark Knight Rises nabbed a spot.  Notably absent, though, is Paul Thomas Anderson’s polarizing drama The Master.

On the TV side of things, Emmy-winner Homeland made the cut as well as Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Louie, The Walking Dead, and FX’s American Horror Story.  AMC’s Mad Men landed on the list for a fifth time, making it the most recognized AFI Awards TV honoree in history.  Hit the jump to check out the full Top 10’s for both TV and Film.

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Names AMOUR Best Picture; New York Film Critics Online and Boston Society of Film Critics Award ZERO DARK THIRTY

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Director Kathryn Bigelow’s drama Zero Dark Thirty continues its dominant critics awards path, as it has picked up two more Best Picture wins from the New York Film Critics Online and Boston Society of Film Critics groups, adding to its previous wins from the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review.  Bigelow also won Best Director from both organizations, while Daniel Day-Lewis took home Best Actor for LincolnEmmanuelle Riva won Best Actress from New York and Boston, while she shared the award in a tie with Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook in the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Los Angeles broke from the mold a bit by naming director Michael Haneke‘s devastating French-language film Amour the Best Film of the year.  They also awarded Paul Thomas Anderson Best Director for The Master and Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Dwight Henry the Best Supporting Actor honor in a couple of pleasant surprises.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners from all three critics groups.

See How the Score for BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Was Composed and Recorded

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2012 has been a hell of a year for film, but one of the most emotional theatrical experiences of the past 12 months has to be director Behn Zeitlin’s indie Beasts of the Southern Wild.  The majestic story soars on the heels of a powerhouse performance from 6-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, but the film’s original score almost acts as its own character in the film.  Zeitlin composed the music alongside Dan Romer, and the resulting score is a beautifully layered, chill-inducing work that’s essential to the film’s success.

Beasts has been garnering its fair share of awards buzz this month, landing on the National Board of Review’s Top 10 films of the year list.  While it’s certainly a contender for a Best Picture nomination at the upcoming Oscars, the film might have a decent shot at winning the trophy for Best Original Score.  With that in mind, a video has landed online in which Zeitlin and Romer discuss and demonstrate how the film’s score was composed and recorded.  Hit the jump to watch.

National Board of Review Names ZERO DARK THIRTY Best Film of the Year; DJANGO UNCHAINED, LOOPER, and LES MISERABLES Make Top 10

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The second major critics organization has announced its Best of 2012 winners, and director Kathryn Bigelow’s drama Zero Dark Thirty is once again the victor.  The National Board of Review named Zero Dark Thirty the best film of the year, also awarding Kathryn Bigelow with Best Director and Jessica Chastain with Best Actress.  Bradley Cooper bested heavyweight Daniel Day-Lewis for the Best Actor trophy for his work in Silver Linings Playbook, while Leonardo DiCaprio and Ann Dowd took home the supporting awards for Django Unchained and Compliance, respectively.  Other notable wins include Rian Johnson’s Looper script winning Best Original Screenplay (huzzah!) and Les Miserables being named Best Ensemble, with The Perks of Being a Wallflower (huzzah again!) and Argo making the Top 10 list.

It certainly looks like the critics will be rallying around Zero Dark Thirty this year, but as we’ve seen many times in the past, the critics’ pick doesn’t always match up with Oscar.  Since 2000, only two NBR Best Film winners have gone on to win the Oscar: No Country for Old Men and Slumdog Millionaire.  Other past NBR Best Film winners include Hugo, The Social Network, and Up in the Air.  Hit the jump for the full list of 2012′s honorees.

New to Blu-ray: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, and More

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One of the biggest films of the year finally hits home video this week on Blu-ray.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for all the details.

MOONRISE KINGDOM and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Lead 2013 Independent Spirit Award Nominations; Matthew McConaughey Lands Double Nods

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The nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead the pack.  Both films picked up nominations for Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper landing acting noms for SLP and Bruce Willis garnering a swell Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Moonrise KingdomBeasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, and Keep the Lights On round out the Best Feature nominees, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Safety Not Guaranteed were singled out for the Best First Feature award.  Also, Matthew McConaughey pulled double nominations for his stellar work in this year’s Magic Mike and Killer Joe, landing a Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor nod, respectively.  Notably shut out of the race entirely was Leos Carax‘s critically-lauded Holy Motors.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations.  The winners of the 2013 Spirit Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

MOONRISE KINGDOM Wins Best Feature at 2012 Gotham Awards; YOUR SISTER’S SISTER and BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Also Honored

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Awards season has begun: The Gotham Awards were handed out tonight to honor the best of the year in independent film.  Wes Andersons Moonrise Kingdom landed the top award, Best Feature, a choice I won’t argue with.  As far as recognizable names go, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Mark Duplass won Best Ensemble Performance for Your Sister’s Sister.  Although Beasts of the Southern Wild must have been a strong contender for Best Feature, Benh Zeitlin had to settle for Breakthrough Director.

You better believe that the Gotham Awards go more obscure than Beasts, including an award for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.  So hit the jump for the full list.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Picture and Best Director

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Here’s where things get interesting.  Over that past few days we’ve been taking an early look at the 2013 Oscar race, running down the contenders in a number of categories including Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Actor and Best Actress, and Best Animated Feature, Screenplay, and technological category quick picks.  We’ve now come to our final installment, Best Picture and Best Director, and these two races are shaping up to be incredibly interesting. Hit the jump for the full rundown.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted and Original Screenplay, and Technical Category Quick Picks

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We’re continuing on with our weeklong preview of the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, and after running down both acting categories it’s time to take look at some of the other races.  Today we’ll be looking at the Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay categories in depth, and I’ll also make some way-too-early quick picks in the technical categories.  The fun begins after the jump.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Actor and Best Actress

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The 2013 awards race is in full swing, and what better way to spend the Thanksgiving holiday then to take a closer look at how the categories are shaping up thus far?  Over the next few days we’re providing a bit of an overview of what the state of the race looks like at this point in time.  Yesterday we ran down the contenders for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, and today we’ll be taking a look at the fiercely competitive categories for Best Actor and Best Actress.  Hit the jump to read on.

Gotham Independent Film Award Nominees Announced; BERNIE, MOONRISE KINGDOM, and THE MASTER up for Best Feature

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Lord help us, awards season is here again.  I’m a member of SEFCA (the Southeastern Film Critics Association) and my first screener arrived yesterday afternoon (it was for The Exotic Marigold Hotel).  Today, the Gotham Independent Film Awards have announced their nominees.  The Best Picture nominees are Bernie, The Loneliest Planet, The Master, Middle of Nowhere, and Moonrise Kingdom.  I haven’t seen Planet or Nowhere, but I’m a bit surprised at the absence of Beasts of the Southern Wild, although the film did pick up nominations for Breakthrough Director (Benh Zeitlin) and Breakthrough Actor (Quvenzhané Wallis).

Hit the jump for a full list of the nominees.  Winners will be announced on November 26th.

THE COLLISION: Episode 13 – The First Half of 2012 and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

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This week on The Collision, we look back at the films that came out in the first half of 2012, look ahead to what the rest of the year holds, review The Amazing Spider-Man, and discuss the last-minute changes to the final film.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for last week’s episode, and click here to add the podcast to your RSS.  We’re also now on iTunes.  Be sure to follow The Collision on Twitter for updates, and you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore).  Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, and Director Benh Zeitlin Talk About Their Feature Debut BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

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Beasts of the Southern Wild is a spellbinding adventure set just past the known edges of the American Bayou, in a forgotten but defiant community known as The Bathtub. The film follows a girl named Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) as she takes on rising waters, a sinking village, changing times, an army of prehistoric creatures and an unraveling universe that she bravely tries to stitch back together through the sheer force of spirit and resilience in order to save her ailing father, Wink (Dwight Henry). Shot on location in the coastal parishes of Louisiana with local non-actors in the lead roles, Beasts of the Southern Wild came to the Sundance Film Festival a hand-made, fiercely imaginative underdog and left a runaway hit and winner of the coveted Grand Jury Prize.

At the press day, we sat down with Wallis, Henry and director Benh Zeitlin to talk about what inspired the heartfelt story about a fantastical bayou neverland and its tenacious characters. Wallis and Henry discussed what it was like acting in their first movie, how they prepared for their roles, and the special bond they formed on and off screen. Zeitlin told us about the collaborative writing process, how he set about creating a mystical Mississippi Delta community, and why he has always been interested in people that never abandon the places and people they care about even when it’s dangerous.

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